Vana Mustafa Guilty Verdict

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 1, 2017 (Nashville, TN)—A Davidson County jury has found a Nashville man guilty of Premeditated First Degree Murder in the 2016 shooting death of a local teenager. Vana Mustafa, 19, was convicted of killing 18-year-old Aiad Malo after shooting him multiple times when the two encountered each other in the former Kmart store parking lot on Nolensville Pike.

The defendant and the victim grew up together but had a falling out. The testimony at trial indicated the falling out was also Mustafa’s motive for the homicide. “

Aiad’s death was heartbreaking for his large, close-knit family,” Assistant DA Jan Norman said. “Aiad and his twin-brother were the youngest of nine children. This verdict has helped give the Malo family some semblance of peace.”

Vana Mustafa was 17-years-old at the time of the murder. His case was transferred from juvenile court to Davidson County Criminal Court for trial. Vana Mustafa received a life sentence.

Vana Mustafa guilty verdict

Corder and Burnett Patton Plea

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December 4, 2017
(Nashville, TN)—The two men charged in a 2015 home invasion in Crieve Hall will spend the next 15 years in prison. Robert Corder and Oscar Burnett-Patton pled guilty Friday to Especially Aggravated Kidnapping for holding a Nashville family at gunpoint inside their Trousdale Drive home. Corder and Burnett-Patton admitted robbing the family after forcing them to drive to several ATMs to withdraw money.

Assistant District Attorney Paul DeWitt said the pair entered the family’s home as the homeowner returned from grocery shopping. They forced the woman, along with her daughter, granddaughter, and her granddaughter’s boyfriend to drive to several banks to withdraw money. Police tracked down the suspects because the daughter was able to memorize the suspect’s license tag number, even as she was held at gunpoint.
“We appreciate the victim’s courage, determination and patience throughout this process,” ADA DeWitt said. “We hope this guilty plea gives the family the justice they deserved.”

Corder and Burnett Patton plea

Donald Harris Sentence

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October 5, 2017
(Nashville, TN)- A Nashville man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the brutal murder of his girlfriend’s three-year-old son. Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Cheryl Blackburn sentenced Donald Lee Harris, 35, to life plus 75 years in prison on Wednesday. Harris was found guilty in June of murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect. The three-year-old victim had been severely beaten with belts, treated with exceptional cruelty, and was especially vulnerable due to his physical and mental disabilities.

Assistant DA Pam Anderson said even while the child was dying, he was not taken to the hospital. She called Harris a dangerous offender who had no regard for human life. “This was not a one-time isolated event, this was ongoing, sustained torture. There is no more dangerous offender than one that would cause harm to a child, Anderson said.”

The boy’s mother, Shantonio Hunter, pled guilty in September to second degree murder and was sentenced to 28 years in prison.

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Ledbetter Guilty Verdict

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June 29, 2017
(Nashville, TN)—It was a case both the prosecution and the defense admitted was difficult for jurors to hear. After listening to three days of testimony in the child rape case against Jeremy Ledbetter, a Davidson County jury took less than an hour to find the Nashville man guilty on all counts. Prosecutors described the case, which included testimony about the sexual abuse of children and animals, one of the most disturbing and appalling cases they had seen. The young victim testified that the rape and abuse by Ledbetter occurred from the time he was 10 until 12-years-old.
 Ledbetter, 29, was convicted on the following charges:
 
•        Rape of a Child–2 counts
•        Aggravated Sexual Battery/Victim Under 13-two counts
•        Induce Sexual Activity by a Minor-two counts
•        Display Sexual Acts to a Minor Under 13-one count
 
Assistant District Attorney Chad Butler said the guilty verdict gave the victim the justice he deserved and helped to give back a piece of his childhood. “All victims of child sexual abuse who testify in front of their abusers are brave to do so. The young victim in this case was particularly courageous for standing up and testifying about the type of humiliating abuse he suffered at the hands of Jeremy Ledbetter,” Butler said.
Ledbetter faces up to 134 years in prison when he is sentenced on August 18.
 

Burlison Convicted

June 05, 2015 – (Nashville, TN) – Burlison Convicted

A Davidson County jury has returned guilty verdicts in the child rape and abuse trial of a former Hermitage babysitter. Jurors heard three days of testimony in the case led by Assistant District Attorneys Alyssa Hennig and Pam Anderson. Following less than two hours of deliberation on Thursday, Becky Burlison, 42, was found guilty on two counts of Aggravated Rape of a Child and one count each of Aggravated Child Abuse and Aggravated Child Neglect.

Burlison was arrested by Metro Nashville Police in April, 2012 after the two-year-old boy she had been babysitting suffered severe injuries when Burlison inserted a brush handle into the child’s rectum. The handle broke and became lodged inside the little boy’s body.

Assistant D.A. Alyssa Henning said the babysitter had been a trusted family friend. “The family is pleased with the jury’s verdict and understand that while this doesn’t change what happened to their son it does prevent her from hurting anyone else’s child,” General Hennig said.
Assistant D.A. Pam Anderson said the case demonstrates the commitment by the District Attorney’s Office to protect vulnerable victims. “We will not tolerate this type of behavior from anyone toward children in our community,” General Anderson said.

Becky Burlison faces a minimum forty-years in prison when she is sentenced on July 10.

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Human Trafficking Unit

(Nashville, TN) – Human Trafficking Unit

“The ultimate form of depravity is when a person turns a little girl into a sex slave,” District Attorney Glenn Funk said in announcing the formation of a human trafficking unit inside the DA’s Office. Four Assistant District Attorneys have been assigned to the unit and will ensure full prosecution of human sex trafficking cases in Nashville. The move comes as the TBI creates the Middle Tennessee Human Trafficking Task Force to bring greater attention to the issue. The task force, which will include the DA’s Office, End Slavery Tennessee and several local law enforcement agencies, is currently working to secure a federal grant to assist in prosecution of offenders and services for victims.

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Domestic Violence Prosecution Support

May 06, 2015 – (WKRN) – Domestic Violence Prosecution Support

Numbers released this week show more than half of all crimes in Tennessee are related to domestic violence.

To curb that trend, Davidson County District Attorney General Glenn Funk implemented a plan called the Domestic Violence Prosecution Support.

DA’s Office Receives Leadership Award for Diversity

May 05, 2015 – (Nashville) – DA’s Officeda-diversity Receives Leadership Award for Diversity

The DA’s Office is honored to receive the 2015 Leadership Award for Diversity from the Nashville Bar Association (NBA). District Attorney Funk accepted the award during the NBA’s Annual Law Day luncheon on May 1, 2015. The award was given to the DA’s Office in recognition of its contributions to enhance diversity and professional success. District Attorney Funk has made diversity a priority by appointing more African-American and Latino lawyers and executive staff to key positions in his administration.